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Granny Smith Apple

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Simply irresistible! This classic favorite features a crisp bite and sweet-tart flavor. Tip-bearing tree yields a familiar green fruit perfect for fresh-eating, baking, and making cider. Fruit keeps up to six months in proper storage. Antique variety originates from Australia, circa 1868. Heat-tolerant. Ripens in late October. Pollinator required: Choose another apple variety, like Starkrimson® Red Delicious, Starkspur® Red Rome Beauty, or Golden Delicious.


Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid
Fruit Color Green
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest Late October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet/tart
Texture Firm, Crisp
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 5 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 8 - 10' tall x 8 - 10' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 8 - 10' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow apple trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
favorite apple to cook with or eat plain with peanut butter, caramel, in desserts, etc
Eric O on Feb 9, 2020
This is the apple my family always uses to make delicious apple pies!
Bethany S on Feb 9, 2020
favorite apple to cook with or eat plain with peanut butter, caramel, in desserts, etc
Eric O on Feb 9, 2020
I like to bake with this apple. Also this is a pollinator for the other trees.
Jean H on Feb 9, 2020
This is the apple my family always uses to make delicious apple pies!
Bethany S on Feb 9, 2020
foodplot/apple pie
doug m on Feb 6, 2020
Use as a pollinator for other trees
Forrest E on Jan 29, 2020
Great for pies and cider.
Crystal C on Jan 26, 2020
They are supposed to grow in my area
Jane S on Jan 23, 2020
Love the taste of this tree and grows and produces very well
Gankak K on Jan 17, 2020
Carmen B on Jan 16, 2020
For canning and cooking.
Barbara P on Jan 15, 2020
I have only one granny so I need another one
Joseph D on Jan 11, 2020
Who doesn't love Granny Smith apples? These are a favorite from childhood and I am excited to grow my own.
CARMEN S on Jan 8, 2020
For eating and making hard cider. Had a tree at previous home.
DAVID D on Jan 7, 2020
My wife's favorite plus it's heirloom.
Benjamin F on Jan 6, 2020
To replace one 2 years old that died
John W on Jan 2, 2020
My son's favorite
Lori G on Dec 26, 2019
Great Pie apple and Apple Sauce!!
LEN S on Dec 17, 2019
My wife is a great pie baker and I needed to replace a Jonathan that became too large for my yard.
MIKE R on Dec 14, 2019
Like the Apple fruit for pies.
Melinda D M on Dec 13, 2019
I needed a pollinator chose this one
Margaret G on Dec 6, 2019
always wanted a Granny Smith in my orchard
JAMES M on Nov 10, 2019
compatible with the region
Patricia B on Oct 21, 2019
as apollinator for wms pride
STEPHEN T on Oct 8, 2019
Like to bake and dry apples in the fall. Plan on replacing current 10 year old granny smith apple tree in bad location and growing crooked with new purchase,
Maryann F on Sep 17, 2019
My family loves Granny Smith!
Miranda S on Sep 14, 2019
Ronald Z on Sep 13, 2019
Love the Apples and are great for my climate zone
Brian F on Sep 9, 2019
I believe these have Winter fruiting in mild climates.
Joanne D on Sep 2, 2019
pink lady pollinator
Jeanette H on Jul 20, 2019
Always wanted an apple tree, now that I bought my own home I can now plant one.
Janetta K on Jul 9, 2019
Family favorite. Recommended as a pollinator.
Vivian W on Jun 28, 2019
Already have pollinator golden delicious apple that throwing out blooms earlier this year.

I received the Golden delicious apple tree from you from my sister as a gift.
Britt O on Jun 24, 2019
They taste great!
Peter H on Jun 21, 2019
mom's favorite
carol b on May 9, 2019
It???s a good apple fruit for cooking apple pie
Virginia W on May 5, 2019
Taste versatility long keeping
William C on Apr 26, 2019
My favorite cooking apple,and has a very long storage life.
George C on Apr 14, 2019
Tart good tasting, also good for baking.
Chad F on Apr 8, 2019
Because its a good pollinator for my Fuji tree.
Michelle B on Apr 5, 2019
Chosen because I love it for pies, mixed with other varieties
Cathryn A on Mar 24, 2019
My favorite apple for cooking.
Ann N on Mar 23, 2019
I already have pollinators for this variety, plus it has an early maturing apple
ROBERT N on Mar 14, 2019
Nothing finer than a granny smith apple, they do it all!
Kate N on Mar 12, 2019
Wife likes this variety
Brian P on Mar 8, 2019
My husband loves Granny Smith apples. :)
Patty S on Mar 4, 2019
price, and the need to replace an old tree
Steven S on Mar 4, 2019
It is my favorite apple and I received the email they were on sale.
Jennifer B on Mar 3, 2019
Usually pretty easy to grow
George C on Feb 17, 2019
My favorite
Rhonda S on Feb 17, 2019
Looking for late ripening fruit to help wildlife across the fall
Mark N on Feb 12, 2019
I like to bake with this apple. Also this is a pollinator for the other trees.
Jean H on Feb 9, 2020
foodplot/apple pie
doug m on Feb 6, 2020
My sister's family likes Gala and Granny Smith apples. Can these two be planted together?
Darcy on Apr 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Gala and Granny Smith trees can cross-pollinate one another for fruit production. They would be great choices to grow, especially if your family enjoys the apples!
Can this pollinate with a honey crisp? Could the two be grown in a 10 x 10 area?
Jason P on May 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they can cross-pollinate one another. The trees can be grown in a 10 x 10 foot area as long as you opt for the dwarf size, but you may need to keep them pruned so that their branches don't crowd one another as they mature.
What kind of soil is best for these? We have a sandy loam.
Erin H on Jun 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We also have this type of soil. It is slowly growing, but not as robust as my others. You will have to water more and use the Stark tree fertilizer. But stop feeding after July 1st.
will granny smith apple trees grow in NY state and tolerate low temperature, -20 degrees?
Lyudmila P on Apr 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Just came through its first winter, and we had record low air temps of -26F. It came through with flying colors.
Your site says Pollinator required for a Granny Smith Apple Tree.

But other sites have contradicting verbiage... For example: Granny Smith apple tree is in flowering group 3. It is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, but fruiting will usually be improved if there is a compatible partner of a different variety nearby. ... (Most white-blossom crab-apples will also be good pollinators for this variety).

Does "fruiting improved" mean more apples or larger apples or both?
Thank you,
MikeK on Oct 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi Michael, Thank you for contact us. Over the years, Stark Bro???s has used many different cultivars on some varieties including the Granny Smith. Not all cultivars are the same; some are self-pollinating and some are not. Because of this, we recommend that the Granny Smith not be depended upon itself. It is essential that ample cross pollination be provided. Not only will cross pollination aide in the production of fruit but the more pollen you have available the bigger your yield and your trees will bear the best quality of fruit.
Does it need to be staked?
JAMES G on Feb 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We recommend that all young trees be staked for the first few years of life. Because their root system isn't yet fully anchored, a strong windstorm can easily uproot them and knock them over.
I have a liberty apple and two fruiting crabapples; a Chester and a whitney, will these pollinate a granny smith?
Mari on Feb 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes. Your pollination needs are covered.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
what is EZ Start?
John L on Nov 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi John - We appreciate you reaching out to us. EZ Start?? is our branded potted tree. This is a bottomless pot that encourages dense feeder-root growth for a quick, strong establishment.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Will a Ginger Gold apple tree pollinate a Granny Smith? and vise versa?
BERGESON13 on Jun 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they have a similar bloom time.
Can 1 apple tree pollinate 2 trees.... example: Plant 2 Granny Smith trees and 1 Gala or Fuji or red delicious ext... Or do you need to plant 2 trees because of the 2 Granny Smith?
DAVID R on Apr 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: As long as all of the trees are within 50' of each other, one compatible tree can pollinate two others.
Can a granny smith be cross pollinated with the cinnamon apple?
James D on Mar 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they are both in the same flowering group.
Can you cross pollinate the granny smith apple tree with a Belle of Georgia Peach? I know thats not an apple tree, but limited on space.
Cabinet man on Jan 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: One species cannot pollinate another; for example, a plum cannot pollinate an apple, and a pear cannot pollinate a peach. A fruit tree that requires a pollinator needs a different variety of the same species that has a similar bloom time. If you're short on space, you might a Golden Delicious or a Red Rome Beauty, both of which are self-pollinating and don't require another tree to bear fruit.
Can I cross-pollinate with Whitney crabapple?
Clay D on Dec 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely, they're great pollinating partners.
How much fruit does a typical standard size Granny Smith tree bear?
Hattie D on Jul 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You may expect 10-20 bushels each season from a mature tree that's been treated properly.
Are Granny Smith and Stark Hart's Fancy compatible cross pollinators?
Scott H on Jul 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they bloom during about the same time.
I have a fungus in my area called red cedar rust, are your trees resistant to this fungus?
Johnny B on Jun 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The issue really isn't whether one nurseries' trees are resistant or not; it's whether the variety itself is resistant or not. Granny Smith is naturally resistant to cedar apple rust.
Can this be a pollinator for honeycrisp?
Whosweetlou on May 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can. They bloom at approximately the same time.
Just purchased a dwarf fugi and dwarf Granny Smith will these two work well together?
Ron E on Mar 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Fuji and Granny Smith are both in flowering group 3 and will pollinate one another.
I want to plant two Granny Smith trees for canning/freezing. Can I plant a Pink Lady to cross pollinate the Granny Smith?
Janet A on Aug 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can. They are both in the same bloom-time group.
Will Granny Smith and gala pollinate each other?
Jake M on Mar 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they will. They have a similar bloom time.
Can I plant mac free and Granny Smith for successful cross pollination?
Kelle Q on Mar 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'm sorry, but Mac Free blooms too early to pollinate Granny Smith. If the product you inquired about cannot be found in the Recommended Pollinators section of the page, please contact Customer Support at 800.325.4180. We would be happy to discuss pollination options and help you find the right tree.
Can Granny Smith and Macoun apples cross pollinate each other? If so, why are they not listed as recommended cross pollinators.
Applesabound on Mar 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Granny Smiith will cross-pollinate with Macoun. There are dozens of cross-pollinating partners; we list the varieties that we know to be the best pollinators.
Can I use Pink Lady and Granny Smith as pollinators for each other?
Dawn R on Mar 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Pink Lady will cross-pollinate with Granny Smith.
Is a honey crisp a good pollinator for a Granny Smith Apple?
William K on Feb 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is. They have similar bloom times.
Does the pollinator for Granny Smith apple tree has to be a Granny Smith apple tree or any other apple tree would do?
DiHuyen H on Jan 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Actuallly, a Granny Smith will not pollinate a Granny Smith; the pollinator has to be a different apple variety with a similar bloom time. Please see this page for a list of suitable pollinators:
What are the recommended chill hours for Granny Smith?
nancy m on Jan 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! Granny Smith requires about 400 chill hours.
Is this rust resistant?
Matthew S on Nov 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Granny Smith does have some resistance to cedar rust. Much depends upon the weather/humidity/wind in your particular area.
Can another Granny Smith tree be the pollinator?
Lais M on Nov 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. The same variety cannot pollinate itself; you need a different variety. Golden Delicious is an excellent pollinator for most all other apple varieties. You can learn more about Golden Delicious here:
Would a honey crisp and Granny Smith pollinate each other?
Chicken Man on Oct 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. A Honeycrisp??? will indeed pollinate a Granny Smith and vice-versa.
I'm looking to start a small orchard With Granny Smith and honey crisp. Is there a pollinator I can use for both?
Ty C on Sep 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Golden Delicious is an ideal pollinator for most apples, including Granny Smith and Honeycrisp???.

Customer Reviews

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Better than store bought
I bought two fruit trees at our local big box hardware store but they didn't have the Granny Smith tree that I wanted, so I sent for one from Stark Brothers. I had never bought a tree this way before. When the dry, dead looking stick with roots showed up I was a little skeptical but I followed the instructions and planted it. 6 weeks later the store bought trees looked nearly identicle to when I planted them but the Stark tree had more and healthier looking leaves than either of the other two trees. A year later the tree is healthy and growing. One store-bought tree remains, the other is nearly dead. I'll be sending for more trees from Stark.
May 12, 2016
over 4 years ago
Not doing as well as the other 17 trees planted at the same time
Compared to the other Stark Bros. Trees that I ordered, especially the plums and apricots which are strong and healthy--one actually bore fruit in it's second year, it is growing very slowly, the trunk is spindly and so are the primary limbs which are very low to the ground and actually touching the ground, even without any fruit to weigh them down
I am seriously considering pulling it up and replacing it with one from another nursery. To be fair, I have a yellow delicious, purchased from another source, that is behaving the same way. My other three apple trees, Fireside, Red Delicious, and Red Rome, are doing fine and were planted in the same manner and have received the same care. So, I can't honestly place any blame on Stark Bros., But I am disappointed in the performance of the Granny Smith Semi-Dwarf.
I'm starting to get some age on me (68), and as long as it takes for fruit trees to mature, I really don't have the time to spend replacing trees and waiting to see if they will make it.
August 15, 2016
over 5 years ago
Granny Smith Apple Tree
Tree arrived as described. Planted as soon as it arrived. The tree has thrived and grown three (3) times it size since I got it a year ago.
May 5, 2016
over 5 years ago
Fantastic Late Apple
Wonderful apple, and one of my favorites. Love it for pies, and eating fresh too. The flavors get better and more complex during storage. Keeps a long time for us in a refrigerator with moisture.
May 30, 2016
Great Product, But Pay Attention to Pruning
I actually bought 4 different apple varieties from Stark, all shipped bare-root, and I highly recommend that approach. Be sure to follow the planting directions immediately upon delivery. Just as important, read their pruning suggestions on their website, and prune at the earliest possible time. I essentially "lost" a year because I did not prune at the first opportunity. Also, pay attention to the shape of the tree when delivered. I pruned for a pyramidal shape, but on retrospection, I wonder if their stock isn't shaped initially for the "open-center" shape. If any doubts about your particular stock, call them and ask. Finally, be aware that young trees are attractive to deer, even without fruit!
May 4, 2017
over 4 years ago
Wonder Apples
I always purchase my fruit trees in bulk for my commercial orchards.I also buy the biggest trees available because they have better roots. The Granny Smith was originally purchased as pollinators but when I saw how well they managed their first year even in blistering heat, I was sold on having more in the orchard's inventory. The trees were solid performers from the time they were planted through surviving a miserable winter. They grow in leaps and I am looking forward to my first crop from my Granny Smiths.
May 16, 2017
over 3 years ago
Granny Smith Apple
Tree arrived in good condition and a year later is doing well. Would love to see the return of the Starkspur Granny Smith, but this will do quite fine. Love working with Starkbros
May 23, 2016
over 5 years ago
Looks good so far
This tree is growing well has yet to bloom but but has survived two winters so I think it will be fine hope to get some apples soon.
May 16, 2016
over 5 years ago
Just fantastic
/I think this tree plus the golden delicious for the pollinator will do just fine. I was impressed with the shirt time it took for it to show some vibrant life. ?Since this did so well I order a second mate... In my retirement life aaia hope tohave some delicous apple pie plus any extras.
I only regret not getting them sooner....
Recommended with the highest points.
August 3, 2016
over 3 years ago
waiting for pies
The GS tree arrived last year (november) in good shape pre-pruned we planted it and now we're waiting for it to break dormancy. thankfully we had an easy winter here In NW Oh. so the rabbits left it alone. I'm hoping in a couple yrs. we can make pies from the fruit.
March 12, 2016
over 4 years ago